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Dustin Poirier calls out Conor McGregor, McGregor says 'he can pretend he wants this fight'

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Fresh off his big UFC Dublin win, Conor McGregor scoffs at talk from Dustin Poirier about wanting to face him.

Esther Lin

Conor McGregor may or may not be more than a match for any Featherweight in the Octagon, but he's definitely the #1 trash talker in the division. Dustin Poirier just found out what it means to initiate trash talk with the Irish Mouth after he issued a challenge to McGregor following UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao.

Here's what Poirier said to Bloody Elbow alum Duane Finley, "My next fight will be my 11th in the UFC, and it would be his fourth. That said, I'm a fighter and don't like to pick who I fight. If I had my choice, I'd be fighting for the belt. But I can't sit back and say I want to fight Aldo, Mendes or Cub, because I've already said all of this stuff, and the UFC is going to do what they want to do. For me as a fighter, I want to whip McGregor's ass for talking so much. I don't like that. I work hard and I take this very seriously. This is my life and it would be a pleasure for me to beat a guy who believes in himself like that.

"Besides my wrestling and jiu-jitsu being better, I believe my boxing and kickboxing are better than his. He just talks a lot and gets a lot of publicity. And good for him, but I would love to whip him. Like I said, this is my life and any challenges like this excite me."

McGregor was told about the challenge by Matt Erickson and here's what he had to say in reply,"That would be perfect for me. His teammate Cole Miller, he pulled out. You're trying to tell me that Dustin Poirier, Nik Lentz, both top 10 guys, no fights scheduled, didn't know about Cole's injury? They would've known before the UFC would've known. And yet nothing. They didn't campaign for this. This is a main-event slot. It's a big, big event. And yet there wasn't a peep out of both of them.

"So I know he doesn't want that fight. He can pretend that he wants the fight and send out tweets and this and that. Let's do it. One by one, I'll take every single one of them out."